From left: Miss Universe 2017 DemiLeigh NelPeters and former Miss Universe 1965 Apasra Hongsakula and Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova were present during the announcement (Photo: nationmultimedia.com)

Bangkok (NNT/VNA) – Thailand has been officially chosen to host the Miss Universe 2018 pageant. 

This will mark the third time Thailand hosts the event in 15 years, after it last hosted the contest in 2005. The pageant is slated to take place on December 17, according to President of T.W. Investment Group Thanawat Wansom, whose company has received the organising licence. 

The press announcement of Thailand’s selection was conducted by President of WME/IMG Co Paula Shugart with Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa present. The location of the pageant is expected to be Impact Muang Thong Thani. 

Miss Universe has been taking place since 1952 with Thai beauties Apasara Hongsakul taking the crown in 1965 and Pornthip Nakhirankanok in 1988. The Kingdom will be represented this year by Sophida Kanchanarin. 

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha has expressed his appreciation of Thailand’s selection, calling it an acknowledgement of the country’s potential. He remarked that it was likely due to Thailand’s political stability, safety and capabilities.-NNT/VNA